Disaster devastates Japan farmland

Tsunami leaves behind toxic chemicals, making huge swathes of arable land unusable.

    " />

    About 10,000 hectares of arable land was devastated in Sendai prefecture when the tsunami struck Japan last month.

    Nearly four weeks after the disaster, some of the rice paddies in the area, known as Japan's "food basket", are still swamped with saltwater.

    The tsunami also left behind toxic chemicals, industrial waste, oil, and heavy metals, all harmful to the soil. It could take five to ten years before the land is usable again.

    The 80 million tons of debris the tsunami scattered over the landscape also includes material potentially harmful to humans.

    Al Jazeera's Marga Ortigas reports from Sendai.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Can Muslim leaders alter Trump's Jerusalem decision?

    Can Muslim leaders alter Trump's Jerusalem decision?

    Turkish president calls Jerusalem a 'red line' as he hosts an Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit in Istanbul.

    'Beaten' Palestinian boy in viral photo charged

    'Beaten' Palestinian boy in viral photo charged

    Fawzi al-Junaidi, 16, denies accusations of throwing stones and protesting, saying he was severely beaten by Israelis.

    Donald Trump: A president swallowed by history

    Donald Trump: A president swallowed by history

    The US has tried and failed to create a capital for another state before. "Israeli" Jerusalem will be the next Saigon.